RICHMOND -- Although the West Contra Costa school district has several programs in schools to help combat bullying, trustees learned during a special board meeting Monday that they are not doing enough.

Students, parents and staff members urged the board to confront the problem head-on, after recounting how they or others they knew had been bullied. In response, the board agreed to revisit outdated regulations related to policies for student conduct, bullying and sexual harassment on Jan. 29.

The board also unanimously agreed to create a new position to address persistent sexual harassment issues described in a recent report from the federal Office of Civil Rights.

The meeting was spurred in part by an incident last month where three students chased and attacked another student in a courtyard at Hercules High School. The incident was captured on video and posted to YouTube before being taken down. The student involved suffered only minor injuries.

In addition, the board approved a contract for a stadium at El Cerrito High.

Check back Tuesday for updates to this story.



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